Trees for Life are soon to launch our ‘Skills for Rewilding’ programme which will provide 15 individuals with fully funded training opportunities. We will take on 5 trainees per year for 3 consecutive years starting from Spring 2018. Trainees will learn and develop the skills needed to work on landscape scale ecological restoration.
Trainees will learn skills including: nursery and horticultural skills related to growing native trees from seed, landscape and deer management, ecological monitoring and engaging rural communities in conservation work. Training will be accredited by the University of the Highlands and Islands.
This project was made possible with Skills for the Future funding provided by the Heritage Lottery - Skills for the Future programme which helps organisations deliver paid training placements to meet skills shortages in the heritage sector and to help diversify the workforce. More information about Skills for the Future grant funding can be found here.
5 trainees will be recruited each year to the programme, with recruitment focusing on:
· Removing barriers for women who favour roles which historically have a gender imbalance towards men
· Supporting individuals who hope to make a career change later in life
· Younger, local people who have a less educational background
These groups have been chosen because they are poorly represented in the nature conservation workforce at the moment.
The training will be mostly based at Dundreggan Conservation Estate but we also hope to partner with organisations like Forestry Commission, RSPB and Scottish National Heritage to give the trainees the opportunity to learn about how other organisations contribute to woodland conservation work.
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